Over 40’s Men’s Health Footy
There is sure to be a lot of laugh’s, some sore bodies and hopefully not too many old scores settle as the ‘Tiges’ take on the ‘Doggies’ this Sunday, the 5th of August at Alexandra Oval Ararat for the inaugural Grampians Community Health ‘Healthy Blokes Footy’ Match.
What is sure to be a great community event has an important message that men often don’t take good care of their mental and physical health, and all proceeds from the match will go towards holding Mental Health First Aid courses at local sporting clubs. These courses will provide club members with the tools to recognise when someone is struggling and support people with mental health problems.
Ararat’s Scott Turner who is playing in the match said that men’s lifestyles are the most significant contributor to poor health as they get older. “Knowing that we need to be alert to ours and other blokes mental health is just as important as the need to exercise, having a well-balanced diet to keep a healthy body weight”.
The health of Australia’s males report by The Australian Institute of Welfare stated that only one in four men aged 65 and over get sufficient physical activity, it also reported that males are three times more likely to commit suicide derived from poor lifestyles.
Grampians Community Health CEO Mr Greg Little said that men are often averse to look for treatment from a general practitioner or a specialist when they think something isn’t right.
“The bravado of men compounds their health issues as men are also less likely to use the supports, their mates and other social connections for help needed when things go wrong in their physical and mental health problems.” Said Mr Little
Scott Turner said the support received for the match has taken a life of its own, and it was fantastic to see the support for this good cause.
“We quickly had two great teams of men and women from across the Grampians and Wimmera to play, but as we have been planning the match more and more businesses joined in as they understand the importance of men’s health issues”, said Scott
This match is being supported by Grampians Community Health, AME Systems, The MPC Group, Brendan’s Tours, Western Quarry, Darren Weir Racing, Stawell & Horsham Toyota, Ararat Rural City Council, East Grampians Health, Hotondo Homes, Bakers Brew, Dan Tehan MP, Arduina and Graeme Homburg form Ararat, Sherrin, Frewstall, GWM Water, Fosters Ararat & Stawell and Frewstal”
The game starts at 2pm, gates open from 12 noon. Gold coin donation entry per person. Souvenir programs, BBQ, food and refreshments available at the ground for purchase.
For more details contact Rachel Whittaker at Grampians Community Health, ph.: 53587400